Egyptian Teen Dies from Illegal Female Genital Mutilation

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A 17-year-old Egyptian teen died during a round of Female Genital Mutilation done by a registered physician.

Mayar Mohamed Mousa died on Sunday due to complications associated with Female Genital Mutilation. Mousa’s autoposy reports the probable cause of death was blood clotting.

Female Genital Mutilation, a type of female circumcision, alters or causes injury to the female genital organs for no medical purpose, according to the World Health Organization. There are four major types of Female Genital Mutilation and in this case the physician planned on removing her clitoris. The procedure can cause lifelong physical and emotional trauma for the millions of women that undergo this procedure, according to the UN. This traditional rite of passage is done to keep girls “calm” and restrain them from premarital sex.

El Canal National Hospital has been shut down by authorities and the case is being investigated by state prosecutors. Officials and advocates are targeting medical professionals to put a stop to the illegal procedure.

Female Genital Mutilation was made illegal in 2008, but in a 2014 Demographic and Health Survey, 92% of married women between the ages of 15 and 49 had the operation done. According to the UN, 82% of the procedures are preformed by trained medical professionals.

In a statement from the UN, they said they want medical professionals “to take a strong stand to stop the medicalization of FGM.”

The World Health Organization recently released guidelines on Female Genital Mutilation for medical professionals. The guidelines call the procedure as abuse and not as a cultural tradition.

A similar case in 2013 did not have the results that advocates were hoping for. Soheir al Batea died during a Female Genital Mutilation procedure by a physician at the age of 13. The physician was convicted and his medical license was revoked, but he served no jail time. Advocates fear similar redults for Mousa’s case.

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